MK-0873, a PDE4 inhibitor, does not influence the pharmacokinetics of theophylline in healthy male volunteers.

Boot JD, De Haas SL, Van Gerven JM, De Smet M, Leathem T, Wagner J, Denker A, Miller D, Van Doorn MB, Schoemaker RC, Cohen AF, Diamant Z

MK-0873 is a novel selective phosphodiesterase-4 inhibitor, which has been in development for the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In this indication, theophylline is still an important treatment, despite its relatively small therapeutic window. In view of this, it is important to investigate whether MK-0873 could affect the pharmacokinetics, safety and tolerability of theophylline, when both drugs are given concomitantly.